Alessandro Bergonzoni attended the Antoniana Academy and graduated with a degree in law. He made his debut at the age of 24 in the show Scemeggiata. Since starting his career in theatre, he has had a natural talent for comedy which has contributed to his artistic personality today. Through a mix of absurd comedy and witty words, his performances have becomes paradoxes. (riesce a creare situazioni assurde e paradossali attraverso un mix di comicità e sapienti giochi linguistici) As a playwright, he’s become famous with his plays: Nel, Madornale33 and Urge. In 2009, he received the “Ubu Prize” for Best Actor. He is also a writer and has published novels with the publishing house Garzanti. He also appeared in Roberto Benigni’ s film Pinocchio where he played the role of “The Circus Director”. As an eclectic intellectual Alessandro takes part in festivals, cultural events and debates at Universities in Italy and abroad.
Matteo Caccia & Tiziano Bonini (Voi Siete Qui- Radio 24)
Matteo Caccia and Tiziano Bonini are presenters of Voi siete qui (translated into “you are here”). The programme, streamed by Radio 24, is based on the idea of “collective storytelling”. Tiziano and Matteo decided to make a book based on this adventure and published with “Narcissus“. Matteo Caccia is also professional theatrical actor and playwright. Tiziano Bonini works as a researcher in Media and Communication for Iulm University in Milan.
Alessandro Biggi (20 lines)
20lines.com is an innovative social network for collaborative writing. You start off by reading 20 lines of a text, and then you can decide if you want to continue writing another 20 lines. It goes on like that until a complete story takes form, and maybe even a new ebook. Alessandro Biggi was an analyst for JPMorgan. He didn’t have much free time, so he thought up a way he could read and write with his limited time. That dream became 20 lines, a start-up, created with his team mates Peter Pollichieni (banker), Marco Pugliese (web agency owner) and Roberto Romano (software developer). An experimental 20 lines version was launched at the International Book Fair in Turin and is already a success.
Carlo Annese is the assistant director of “GQ” and creator of the interactive version of the magazine for iPads. An ex blogger without regrets, Carlo published a book in 2010 and insisted on putting it into a digital format, even though nobody knew what that was at that time. He is convinced that it’s not over for prints, but he also knows that it’s not going so well…
After graduating in Philosophy he began working as an editorial assistant and editor for the publishing house Mondadori. In 1998, Edoardo set up a series called Blue Roads which he managed for over 13 years. Just over a year ago, he was put in charge of the Self- Publishing section of the Mondadori Group. At the moment he is developing XWriting, a project based on literary improvisation games. Alessandro collaborates also with “Medici Senza Frontiere”.
Arianna Ciccone is co-founders with Christopher Potter of “The International Journalism Festival“ in Perugia, the leading journalism event in Italy. The objective of the festival is to bring the best of the world of journalism to the widest possible audience. In 2010 Arianna created the activism website: Valigia blu (the Blue Suitcase) – Travelling through the changing world of journalism. It explores important issues within the media in Italy.
She is an actress, singer and author. She has worked with important filmmakers such as Servillo, Baliani, Cecchi, and de Capitani. She’s written and performed in various theatrical concerts as well as original contemporary plays. Isabella also worked for “RAI” (Italian National Television). Currently, Isabella is teaching vocal character and narration at the school of “Teatro Stabile of Le Marche Region“. She is co-founder of the “New Voice Studio Italy” and the artistic director of Rovine circolari, a cultural association. Since 2011 she has been living in the US, where she is an artist in residence as well as a post-graduate teacher at the Italian school of Middlebury College in Vermont.
Silvia is both a librarian at the “Università Politecnica delle Marche” and an author of many stories that have won various literary awards. Silvia collaborates as a free lance author for “Alberghi del Libro d’Oro / Golden Book Hotels”. With Luca Severini and Claudio Storani she foundedd “Racconti di Città”, a cultural association which aims to endorse various realities of urban life through writing workshops and literary projets. In 2012, she came up with “Blanche” with co-creator Elvezia Allari; stories of a fragile paper traveller.
Francesco Arleo and Matteo Adamoli (BookasFace)
Francesco Arleo is a concept writer and digital storyteller. Matteo Adamoli is a digital storytelling designer. In 2011 they invented BookasFace: The 1st International Creative Readers Community. The concept behind BookasFace is this: you can take a photo of your face covered by a book and upload it onto Bookasface, giving a description of your choice and becoming part of the creative readers community. It expresses what you’re reading, what you love most, what you have written, what you hate, what won’t ever read again, what you would recommend, what you would never recommend, and so on…
Angelo Figorilli is a journalist for RAI2 and a blogger. He was just a boy when he started exploring the world of information in Sulmona with “Radio Citta Futura”. He is now a foreign correspondent for TG2 . He has been to Kabul, Bagdad, and to the Parisian banlieu and so on… on his blog: Biglietti via posta ordinaria, he declares that he has also spent lot of time sitting, writing on his computer. He wrote and self-published a narrative book: Lettere che non sapevano dove andare . A story before the times of twitter …
Giuseppe Landolfi Petrone
Giuseppe Landolfi Petroni is a researcher in the philosophy of language at the “University of Val D’Aosta”. He coordinates a project dealing with the Italian translations of Kant’s work in 19th century. The project is a work in progress which includes many textual resources and it can be found on the wiki site www.kantiana.it. Petroni was fascinated with Kant’s ideas that books could be used as a medium of public discussion and reason as a form of exercise in knowledge. Both concepts can be applied to the world of open access and self-publishing. According to the professor, “The real challenge for the scientific world will be coordinating these two needs together.”
Arsenio Bravuomo has been a poet his whole life and a blogger since 2001. He’s been nicknamed The Lord of Apostrophes because of the number of times he has used the apostrophe. Author of poetry, short stories and pieces of “non-novels”, which he collected under the name of apostrofanìa. In 2008 he published a book of short stories called piccolo bastardo racconta. His poetry was published in two volumes non speràte su il poeta and unire l’inutile al disdicevole. In 2006 he was among the founders of “Radio Catrame19”, a web radio dedicated to unusual music. He has participated in numerous poetry slams in different cities in Italy.
Andrea Bezzecchi and Francesco Travaglini (The Indie-Food Movement)
Andrea Bezzecchi owns “Acetaia San Giacomo“, a family run business that makes traditional balsamic vinegar (dop) in Reggio Emilia. He is the president of an association that promotes wine and wine from Reggio Emilia.
Francesco Travaglini is an expert in Agriculture 3.0 on the farm “Parco dei Buoi”. His work is dedicated to economic sustainability while respecting the land (Molise). The farm aims to create value for its products.
Alessandro Barulli works in Italy and abroad, cooperating with privately owned companies, business associations and public offices, through Interplanning S.a.s., the company he founded. His main skills are those of marketing strategies, international trade and sales network management. In 2012 he published Le pillole anti crisi. Manuale semiserio di sopravvivenza per imprenditori”.
Michele Orsi is a software engineer and co-founder of MapToApp in Bologna, Italy. During his first year in MapToApp he actively developed the server side of map2app, which is a set of API used by all the platform apps (such as PlaceGrabber, the browser’s user Interface and the web-services we publish for developers). Today Michele is the chief technological officer. Prior to this, he worked for two years at the European Space Agency in Germany dealing with web services.
Pippo Onorati (Mammanannapappacacca)
“Mammanannapappacacca the Communication Factory” is a communication company founded by Pippio Onorati, a photographer, designer, videomaker, and journalist. Since the beginning he has always followed the same philosophy: to tell stories. Mammanannapappacacca has created photo exhibitions, books, advertisments, and catalogs. He has also worked for Jovanotti, Rai, Mediaset, Mtv, Artè, Benetton, Nikon, Lavazza, Tim, Esperya, Ferrara Buskers Festival, and Gambero Rosso.
Alberto Pettarin is a software developer, with a strong interest in electronic publishing. He’s the co-founder, CRO, and CEO of “ReadBeyond“, an applied research lab that develops innovative software for the production, distribution and entertainment of digital content. Alberto is also a research collaborator at the Department of Information Engineering at the University of Padova.
Emanuela Zibordi is a physical education teacher with a passion for digital publishing. In 2012 she published 2.0 Schoolbooks, a guide dedicated to teachers about how to work with digital texts and the internet.
Michele Torbidoni is an esteemed UI Designer, in other words, a person who designs and develops the visual aspect of computer applications (for iPad). He currently owns the company Torbidoni Projects. He attended the directors’ course at the “Experimental Centre of Cinematography” in Rome. Among many other things he produced The Net, a short science fiction film. In 2011 he produced La cosa in cima alle scale (The Thing at the Top of the Stairs), based on a story by Ray Bradbury.
Paul Hayes (7write)
Paul Hayes is an experienced internet marketer. He is experienced in driving traffic using SEO, PPC, content marketing and social media marketing and he is a conversion optimization specialist. Paul is CMO of 7write, which aims to be the world’s leading self-publishing platform. The goal is to break down the entry barriers to self-publishing and to help self-published authors sell more books. Books self-published by 7write include the best selling Millie’s Day Out and the soon to be released Self Publishing – 7 Successful Authors Share Their Secrets.
Cristiana Giacometti is the CEO of “Narratore SRL“. Narratore audiobooks is the first Italian publisher of audiobooks. This company has always believed in the opportunities offered by the digital word. Today the company is a reference point for the production and distribution of quality audiobooks.
Camille Mofidi & Diego Marano (Kobo Writing Life)
Camille Mofidi is manager for “Kobo Writing Life“, Kobo’s self-publishing platform. She is in charge of developing partnerships with authors and publishers, to raise awareness around this accessible and intuitive platform.
Diego Marano is the new Kobo Manager in the UK. Diego brings to the table a combination of technical skills, market awareness and author-centric approach. Diego’s priority is to work within the author community to the end of elevating the success of authors published on Kobo, actively contributing to generating a positive synergy among authors, booksellers and publishers.
Magazzini della Comunicazione
Born in 1996 in Tolentino, Magazzini della Comunicazione (MDC) is the name of a rock band.
In 1999 they published their first album, Codice: 1701 (Code: 1701). Then in 2000 they performed throughout Italy with their live tour.
In 2001 their second album came out called Sotto la superficie (Underneath the crust). In 2002 their first video clip, Sexy Chimere went on the air on “MTV” and “Rock tv” channels. They took part in the “Rock TV Tour” and the “Extra Strong Family Tour”, collaborating with Italian and international bands like Guano Apes, Fear Factory, Slipknot, and so on. In 2007 they put out their third album, Magafucking rock’n’roll.
This band came from Francecso “Effe” Coppari’s style, where the soul of songwriting lives with the rock ‘n’ roll of the 70′s, when the electronic sound ruled. Francesco began as singer in several local cover bands and as a songwriter as well, taking part in many music competitions with his original songs. In January 2008, the first album of the band came out called “Glitches”. Recently, in January 2013, the newest album was published: “Teatro del nostro stato” (Theatre of our state) and in September a video clip was released on their YouTube channel, “L’età della pietra” (The Stone Age).
Born in Macerata in 1999, Swell99 have a dual rock soul, between post grunge and ‘old school’ rock, with Italian and English lyrics. In 2007 they met Andrea Mei, producer, keyboardist and songwriter for the Nomadi band. This collaboration led them to their first album and in 2009 “Comunicazione” (Communication) was released. At the same time they were performing in several live concerts, opening the shows of many Italian musicians, such as Vasco Rossi, Verdena, Caparezza, Velvet, The Fire and so on. In 2012 the band was chosen by Virgin Radio as one of the eighteen finalists of the contest Battle of the Bands. In February 2013, they released “Urlo” (Scream) the hit single that came from their new album “Life”. The album is about the importance of music and Swell99’s “band lifestyle” as their aim is to live a life overflowing with music.
Alberto Forni is a journalist. He also published a collection of stories called Avanti e veloce (Baldini&Castoldi). He is one of the creators of “Dispenser” (a “Radio2” program) and “Viva la crisi” (RAI3) . He collaborates with the magazines “Wired” and “Flair”. Every week he adds a funny saying on his his blog. Fascetta nera .
It all began with Thomas’s discovery of eBooks in 1999. Internet was still in its infant days (at least in Germany) but he already thought about his novels being published digitally and distributed online. In 2002 he started his first digital only series, “Talon”, in 2003 he co-founded an eBook-only publishing house, which is still present under its current brand name “story2go“. According to Thomas, self publishing is the right to decide. To decide, what to write and how to reach his readers. Self publishing is creative freedom.
The music group Obelisco Nero came together in 2006, creating a big ensemble of 15 people. Their Euro-Mediterranean roots span from Eastern Europe, passing through France and reaching the Middle East. It can be described as traditional poetic gypsy music. They’ve organized numerous concerts throughout Italy and abroad. They’ve shared the stage with Emir Kusturica, Moni Ovadia, Modena City Ramblers, Xavier Girotto, Daniele Silvestri, Massimo Bubola, Eugenio Finardi, Bevano Est, the “Gang”, Alexian Santino Spinelli, Radiodervish, and Yo Yo Mundi. They’ve got a cd-demo called On y va recorded in 2010. They are now working on producing a new cd.
Mauro Sandrini is passionate about many things: instruments, books, complex systems, nature and technology. This is how his Praise to Ebooks came about. A manifesto for self-publishing, a success with the experts in the field and for readers. In 2013 he published his first novel called Tanto Tantra. He is also the creator of the Self Publishing School: a school for writers, journalist and bloggers who want to meet their readers by using all of the options and technologies available to them.